In the absence of something called a Q1, the Audi Q2 remains that brand’s smallest and most compact SUV. In every way it is their entry-level SUV and is therefore important in a world where SUVs rule the roost. Recently an updated version has been launched here in Mzansi, four years since the original arrived. It will be offered in one model, namely the 35 TFSI.

Several updates have been implemented in the Q2 to keep it fresh and attractive. There seems to be a lot of buyers leaving higher segments in search of value down the chain, and this car is poised to take advantage. At 4.2 metres long, it is not the smallest thing out there. And the 2.6m wheelbase ensures good legroom for all five occupants. The boot remains relatively small at 405 litres, although it can be expanded to 1 050 litres when the rear seats have been folded down.

While the Q2 retains some of its original cuteness, some added aggression is now clear. The front end features a large, more masculine grille, standard LED headlights (Matrix LEDs are optional), and faux lower air inlets. Looking at it from the side reveals some more butch lines, including the broad shoulder line that rises near the piano black C-pillar. In the same area the rear roofline slopes onto the rear window. Depending on which of the trim line one specifies, the alloy wheels range from 16 to 18-inches in diameter.

Inside Audi kept to the minimalist approach while fitting in some high-end features that include a standard analog instrument display (Audi virtual cockpit available as an option), MMI infotainment with a rotary push button operation, a choice of fabric or faux leather and leather combo sports seats. We like the idea of the optional 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 705Watts of performance. Specify that if you can.

Our local Audi outfit has decided to offer only one engine for the Q2, namely the company 1.4-litre TFSI turbo petrol. It produces 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque for the front wheels, along with an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox. Audi says all this will enable the Q2 to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 8.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 213km/h. Audi claims a 6.1 litres per 100km fuel average consumption.

With a booming SUV market gripping the country, the Audi Q2 is well-placed to take advantage of the situation in order to give the brand a much-needed sales boost. However, the limited model range could hamper these efforts, but it may be joined by others over time.

Audi Q2 Prices

Launch Edition – R519 500 (limited units available at the time of launch)

TFSI – R545 500

Advanced – R567 500

S line – R581 500

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